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Parallel Worlds at the Japanese Garden

Listen to the interview here.

Diane Durston will join me at KBOO this coming Tuesday. She is the curator at the Japanese Garden here in Portland. Durston organized Parallel Worlds, the current show - it compares ceremonial robes and textiles from Japan and the Pacific Northwest.

Doit weekend listing thanks! Leigh!



Commotion and Bounce Brigade @ Goodfoot (funk, Afrobeat, bass, live party tracks)

White Light @ Valentines (free disco/electro dance party)

Art Spark @ Rontoms (a gathering of artists in PDX to meet and collaborate on possible projects)

Girls Rock Camp Benefit Show @ Rotture (bands, bands and booze)

From Dancers to Novelist

 I spoke with three dancers at the Portland Project at Performance Works Northwest, an umbrella organization for some of the most skillfull dancers in Portland. Linda Austin started this venue ten years ago. She's joined on today's Stage and Studio with Anne Furfey and Terry Mathern to talk about this weekend's collaborative dance show.

Domestic tranquillity

June 16, 2009

There's something about having a leftist politician (and I use that term loosely) in the White House that brings out the crazies. We all remember how it happened under Bill Clinton, and it's clear that it's even more of a problem under Barack Obama. In fact, since his inauguration, there has been an incidence of right-wing domestic terrorism about every two and a half weeks.

Eight episodes of right-wing extremist violence in four and a half months. We haven't gone four weeks since February without some poor guy -- always with a long history of mental illness, usually with a record of military service and/or domestic violence, and invariably jacked up on a toxic cocktail of white male privilege; us-versus-them enemy seeking; fury at women, blacks and/or Jews; and a belief that the world as he knew it was ending unless he took up arms -- taking out his gun and offing innocent Americans in a suicidal bid for glory.

Remember how bent the conservatives got back in April when the Homeland Security Department warned us about right-wing domestic terrorism? Well, they were right. I wonder when we're going to start waterboarding white Republicans to gather information on the next attack?


A Society of Exclusion

What draws people into a politics of hatred – not just the killers who have made the news lately in Witchita and at the Holocaust Museum, but all those whose primary political motive is hostility against cultures and ethnicities different from their own?

Let’s approach this question by going back to basics: What do human beings really want? If we knew that, we might know what people are really after when they do crazy things, and perhaps we would know what to do about it.

A "Juneteenth" rememberance: confronting racism in Oregon

June 19th marks the 144th anniversary of the landing of federal troops in Galveston, Texas to enforce the Emancipation Proclamation and finally bring slavery to an end throughout the United States. "Juneteenth" has not only become a day to commemorate the end of slavery but to reflect on the African American experience - from progress made to challenges that remain. As Oregonians celebrate the 150th anniversary of their statehood, Juneteenth is an opportunity to look at how we are contributing - or not - to overcoming racism in Oregon.

Service for Hood River Broadcast Disabled Today


Our Hood River transmitter will be down from about 2 PM until 8 PM for engineering work.

Arvie Smith

Arvie Smith has a show up right now at Beppu Wiarda. He says he was very inspired by the election of Barack Obama and the show has something to do with that optimism. The paintings have intense color with often complex compositions and they are tell sories. Listen to the interview here.

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